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The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment
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The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment





Ceremonial Horsed Unit.

Today, The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment (HCMR) is by far the larger of the two completely 'horsed' units remaining in the British Army, the other being The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery. Its role is entirely ceremonial but its soldiers uniquely divide their careers between ceremonial duties and operational soldiering with The Household Cavalry Regiment.




The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment

A Sovereign's Escort rides in procession from the quadrangle at Windsor Castle.


The regiment dates from the end of the Second World War when it was formed with two squadrons each of 100 men from The Life Guards and The Blues to restart ceremonial soldiering in London after five years of war.

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment

The Blues and Royals on the Queen's Birthday Parade.


That regiment continues today with a squadron of Life Guards and one of Blues and Royals and provides the mounted soldiers on their magnificent black horses who are at the heart of all major ceremonial occasions in London and around the UK. It is based in Hyde Park Barracks, a home to The Household Cavalry since 1798, which has stabling for 220 horses. The site is so small that the stables are 'double-deckers' - on two floors, one above the other.

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment

A Corporal of Horse drawing his sword.


The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment

The Life Guards Standard Party on Trooping the Colour.


As well as providing Sovereign's Escorts for major occasions such as Trooping the Colour, State visits from foreign heads of State and the State Opening of Parliament, HCMR mounts the daily Queen's Life Guard at Horse Guards. Less well known is that the regiment also undertakes dismounted parades, the largest of which is the annual service in St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle for the Order of the Garter, when the Mounted Regiment (without their horses) lines the route taken by the Queen and the Companions of the Order through the Castle. Household Cavalry soldiers also line the staircases in Buckingham Palace for State Banquets and the staircase in the House of Lords during the State Opening of Parliament.

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment

The Mounted Regiment marches through Windsor Castle at the annual service for the Order of the Garter.


Sometimes the Mounted Regiment deploys to Windsor for State visits outside London. This is a massive logistic challenge, although well practised. Every mounted dutyman's State kit is packed into metal boxes and, together with 150 horses, their feed, bedding, stabling equipment and horse furniture is transported from Knightsbridge to Windsor. Despite such a heavy commitment outside the capital, the regiment continues to provide the Queen's Life Guard every day.

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment

Men and horses of the Mounted Regiment enjoy a beach ride at Holkham in Norfolk.



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